Students from Proserpine State School have received a $500 grant for their work in the Reef Guardian Program.
The prize was presented at a school assembly by a member of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
It was awarded to the school because of their work maintaining Conway Beach and ensuring it remained clean and tidy.
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen emphasised the value of schools developing a connection to the waterways through the program.
“Proserpine has a strong connection to the neighbouring Great Barrier Reef and the local students have an important role to play in its care for future generations,” he says.
“I’m proud to support the work of our Reef Guardian schools as it empowers our students to make a positive difference and gives them an opportunity to be involved in the local community.”
Deputy Principal Alison Bradford plans to put the money to good use.
“We will use our Ripples of Change grant to implement to adopt our local Conway Beach where we will collect and monitor marine debris,” she says.
The full list of award winners are Emerald State High School, Rosedale State School, Glenmore State High School, Farnborough State School, Proserpine State School, Townsville State High School, St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School, Sunshine Beach State High School, Woree State School and East Ayr State School.
The Reef Guardian Program has more than 310 participating schools and is run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.